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Tuitavake at centre for Tonga in Island battle

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The 2017 Pacific Nations Cup gets underway this weekend and there will be Saints representation in Nuku'alofa following the selection of Nafi Tuitavake in the Tonga team that plays Samoa.

Tuitavake moves into the centres for the inter-Island clash, which doubles up as part of the Rugby World Cup qualification process. Tonga, Samoa and Fiji will be going head-to-head over the next three weeks, with the top two teams progressing straight to Japan 2019 and the third-placed team then having to play in a two-legged play-off agains the second-ranked team from the Rugby Europe Championship.

So there is everything to play for in what will also be an emotional occasion in Nuku'alofa, which hosts its first test match since 2008 following upgrades to the drainage and facilities at Teufaiva Stadium.

The game kicks off at 3pm local time.